I love to cook and try new foods and recipes. I try to do my best to incorporate healthy foods, but sometimes I need a little comfort food.
Quick, easy, impressive, and oh so good!
I should have called this "Gone to Heaven Pie" instead of "Maple Walnut Cream Cheese Pie." I just tasted it, and if I must say so myself, I have outdone myself with this creation.
There is a minimum of baking involved to make this outstanding pie. Only the crust is baked. The rest is no-bake and just chill.
This recipe combines the great taste of maple-flavored walnut bits with the creaminess of a maple flavored cheesecake layer. The topping adds an extra bit of flavor and texture.
I will give you some special hints on how to decorate the top to make it look extra festive and special.
I Love the Flavor of Real Maple Syrup
Maple is not just a sweet to me, it's a comfort food. The aroma and taste bring back memories of warm pancakes at breakfast.
This pie has the flavor of maple and the crunch of walnuts with a creamy maple flavor cream cheese layer.
I always use real maple syrup in the recipe, not the artificially-flavored kind. I don't know how that would work. I use Neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese as it has 1/3 less fat.
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2 hours 20 min
6 to 8
- ready made pie crust
- 1 -1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 cup of sugar (divided in two)
- 8 oz (227 gm) Neufchatel or Cream Cheese
- 8 oz (277gm) frozen non-dairy whipped topping (defrosted)
- 3 tablespoons maple extract.
- Place your ready-made pie crust in your pie pan and set aside.
- Place chopped walnuts in a mixing bowl.
- Over medium heat, melt butter. When melted stir in maple syrup and 1/2 cup of the sugar. Pour this over the walnuts and stir.
- Put walnut mixture in the bottom of the pie crust and distribute evenly.
- Bake according to pie crust package instructions. Mine called for 9 to 11 minutes at 450 degrees. I baked it for about 10 minutes.
- When lightly brown, remove from the oven and let it cool thoroughly.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the cheese, whipped topping, maple extract, and a 1/2 cup of sugar. Beat until the maple extract is evenly distributed and the mixture is smooth.
- Pour this into the cooled pie shell. Cover. Refrigerate.
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Maple Extract Sources
Maple extract may be hard to find. My supermarket discontinued carrying it. It used to be with the spices and vanilla and other extracts. Some of the brands contain alcohol, which may not be acceptable for people with a sensitivity to alcohol.
Sometimes you can find it in health food super stores. The smaller health food stores tend to carry the more common extracts, but they can probably order it for you.
Here's how we finish off our pie and give it a finished professional look. This adds a little extra texture to the pie both visually and on the palate.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Whipped cream or whipped topping
- 1/8 cup maple syrup
- 2 drops maple extract
- Put little puffs of whipped cream around the edge of the pie. Either use a purchased aerosol can or make your own whipped cream and put it in a pastry bag.
- Mix maple syrup and maple extract together. Drizzle over the top of the pie.
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